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Do More Than Just

October 6th, 2011 by Monsignor Dennis Clark, Ph.D.

Mal 3:13-20 / Lk 11:5-13

Life is fleeting, and as we watch the years pass by ever faster and faster, we can grow impatient and can even fall victim to despair: Why is life so hard? I try to do the right things, so why don’t I have more to show for my efforts? Why do cheaters always prosper? Does God really know or care what’s going on? What kind of friend is God?  After all this time, what reason do I have for believing that virtue really pays?

The prophet Malachi summed up those fears and frustrations when he quoted some of his own contemporaries: “It is vain to serve God; and what do we profit by keeping his command?” That is surely the way it seems at times. And when those times come, we need to have an answer that is deeply etched in our soul, an answer that comes from the inside.

That answer won’t be there, on the inside, if we’ve been living our life totally on the outside. If our “spirituality” has consisted of “getting our visa stamped,” just showing up at church and putting in our time, then we won’t have come to know the Lord, we won’t have come to see the world through his eyes, and there will be no answers and no spiritual power within us.

If on the other hand, we’ve come to know not only the words but the Lord who gives life and meaning to the words, then when the inevitable doubts and challenges come, we’ll know the truth on the inside and no words will need be spoken.

When the day comes, that’s where you want to be. So get to know him now, on the inside. You’ll be glad you did every day of your life.


37 posted on 10/06/2011 7:14:32 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Malachi 3:13-20
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Psalm 1:1-4, 6 Luke 11:5-13
 

SELF-CLEANING OVEN

 
"Then you will again see the distinction between the just and the wicked; between him who serves God and him who does not serve Him." —Malachi 3:18
 

In the prophet Malachi's time, prosperity was considered a sign of divine approval. Malachi lamented that evildoers prospered at the expense of those who were just. Malachi wondered why God would bless evildoers and thus blur the distinction between those who obey Him and those who don't.

God then taught Malachi how to distinguish between the just and the wicked. It's in the heat of the oven that you can see the distinction between those who obey the Lord wholeheartedly and those who do not. In the furnace of affliction and testing, people are refined into the finest gold or are burned up like a withered branch (Jn 15:5-6).

"The day is coming, blazing like an oven...[that] will set [us all] on fire" (Mal 3:19). You can tell the difference between the just and the wicked in the fire. In the oven of affliction and testing, the just

  • fear God and praise Him (Dn 3:24-90),
  • turn to God, rely on Him, and persist in prayer (Lk 11:8),
  • show constant generosity to others in need (Mal 3:10),
  • continue to bear fruit for the kingdom of God (Ps 1:3), unlike the wicked, who wilt under pressure (Ps 1:4, 6),
  • leap from the oven in joy when the trial is over (Mal 3:20).

Jesus came to set the earth on fire (Lk 12:49) and purify His people. Be willing to be "set aflame and burning bright" so all may see your good works and give God praise (Jn 5:35; Mt 5:16).

 
Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit, let Your fire fall. Let it burn over me.
Promise: "How much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!" —Lk 11:13
Praise: St. Bruno died as he had lived: in humility, self-denial and peace.

38 posted on 10/06/2011 7:18:22 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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